Donald Trump not only destroyed the Republican party as an institution, but he also managed to divide Republican families.
GOP Congressman Adam Kinzinger, one of just ten Republicans who voted to impeach Donald Trump for his role in inciting the insurrectionist mob that attack the US Capitol on January 6, has faced a wave of attacks from the pro-Trump corners of his party, and is almost certain to face a Trump-supporting primary challenger for his House seat in 2022. But the backlash isn’t just among the public and other lawmakers.
“My dad’s cousins sent me a petition — a certified letter — saying they disowned me because I’m in ‘the devil’s army’ now,” Kinzinger said in a phone conversation on Thursday. “It’s been crazy, when you have friends — that you thought were good friends that would love you no matter what — that don’t.”
Kinzinger, who has been in Congress since 2013, tried to warn the GOP of the pernicious influence of the QAnon conspiracy theory, many months before Trump supporters stormed the building. He told The Insider that he had a bad feeling there would be violence at the Capitol on January 6, so much so that he brought his gun to his office.
The Illinois Republican also talked about the bond he shares with the other nine Republicans who voted to impeach, how he tries to convince Trump supporters that his vote was an act of conscience, and why he’s not the least bit worried about losing his seat in Congress.